Earlier this week, White House insiders predicted that President Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, would be out of his job by the end of the week. That prediction came true on Friday morning when news broke that Bannon had been removed from his role in the Trump administration.
Shortly after the news got out about Bannon’s ousting, it was also revealed that he would be returning to work at Breitbart News, where he was a chief executive before joining the Trump administration. Bannon is back at his old job, and insiders have said that he and his colleagues are now planning to use their platform to attack the president and his staff.
Vanity Fair correspondent Gabriel Sherman tweeted on Friday about a message he’d received from a friend of Bannon’s. The friend said that Breitbart is now “ramping up for war against Trump” because “it’s now a Democrat White House.”
Bannon friend says Breitbart ramping up for war against Trump. “It’s now a Democrat White House,” source says.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) August 18, 2017
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan also spoke to friends of Bannon’s who revealed more information about what he plans to do now that he’s out of the White House. The unnamed friends have said that Bannon plans to work closely with billionaire Trump donor Bob Mercer, whom he reportedly met with this week in New York.
Swan’s sources also said that Bannon “has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out.” He’s reportedly told associates that he has a “killing machine” in Breitbart News.
A Breitbart insider told Swan that the site plans to go “thermonuclear” against the “globalists” that Bannon and his friends believe are ruining the Trump administration.
Breitbart’s Washington Editor Matt Boyle will reportedly be a central figure in the war with Bannon’s White House enemies, which include national security adviser H.R. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, and the president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
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